Skip to comments.Former Transportation Department official Paul Busick to become FAA security chief
Posted on 10/31/2001 12:08:39 PM PST by Native American Female Vet
Former Transportation Department official Paul Busick to become FAA security chief
By Associated Press, 10/31/2001 12:58
WASHINGTON (AP) The former head of the Transportation Department's intelligence and security office is taking over the Federal Aviation Administration's security division.
Paul Busick said Wednesday he agreed to Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta's request to return to government as associate administrator for FAA's office of civil aviation security.
Busick, 56, said he would take the job until efforts to improve domestic airline security are worked out, which he expects will be within the next 120 days. Congress is debating whether to put all airport security screeners on the federal payroll or keep them as private employees under increased government supervision.
When he leaves the FAA, Busick said he will return to his job as executive director of North Carolina's Global TransPark, a proposed industrial center and airfield near Kinston, N.C.
''My intent was to go up there and stabilize the system and get it growing again so we can stabilize the American economy,'' Busick said in an interview. ''We have an economy in America and a history that is based upon mobility. The goal is for security and safety without significantly impacting mobility.''
Busick is a retired Coast Guard rear admiral and aviator. He was director of the Transportation Department's Office of Intelligence and Security from 1993 to 1996. The office was created following the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Busick also worked for the National Security Council.
Busick will replace Michael A. Canavan, who resigned earlier this month after he was told to reassign air marshals to commercial flights carrying members of President Bush's Cabinet. Canavan had been named to the post last December.
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I am sure he'll be able to get security up to Keystone Cop par in no time.
President appoints focal point for Gulf War illness
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- National Security Adviser Anthony Lake announced the appointment of Rear Adm. Paul E. Busick to the NSC staff as special assistant to the president and senior director for Gulf War Illnesses.
President Clinton has directed the administration to leave no stone unturned in determining the causes of the illnesses that are being experienced by Gulf War veterans and in providing medical care to those who are ill.
Busick will serve as the White House focal point for that effort, working closely with the relevant agencies on the full range of government activities related to Gulf War illnesses.
Busick has served since June 1993 as director of the Office of Intelligence and Security at the Department of Transportation. In this position, he has been the secretary of transportation's principal liaison to the intelligence community and has had policy responsibility for security measures in all modes of transportation. Prior to that, he served as deputy chief, Office of Law Enforcement and Defense Operations at Coast Guard Headquarters.
Just what kind of person accepts the Gulf War Illness job?